Tactical ComputerThe U.S. Army is developing a new family of rugged, vehicle-mounted computers able to offer soldiers an improved digital display and the ability to  interchange different software packages as needed, according to Army officials.

Called the Mounted Family of Computer Systems, the new computers range from  tablets to 12-, 15- or 17-inch displays. The tablets are ruggedized and operate on a 25-foot cable so as to be able to move around within a vehicle or even go outside as needed.

“The vision here is to have a single tactical computer for Army vehicles that will run multiple applications,” Dominic Satili, deputy product manager for Blue Force Tracking, assigned to Project Manager Joint Battle Command-Platform, said in a statement. “This standardizes the type of computer and at the same time creates a family of different sizes that adjusts to the mission.”

Among other things, the computers will run Joint Battle Command – Platform, a new force-tracking technology able to provide a digital moving map displays, chat and messaging functions and combat-relevant position location information. Essentially, friendly and enemy force location information appear as graphic displays or icons imposed over a moving digital map.

This technology, which also includes the Marine Corps, is a force-tracking system designed to provide the next-generation Blue-Force Tracking capability.

In June, the Army’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical, awarded a three-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for production and development of the new computers to Florida-based DRS Tactical Systems Inc., the Army website says.

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Mark Bigge September 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

If you want the best, AMREL has what you want-

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Lance September 11, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Thats a good project hope it works. Wow the digital map from OFP game may now be a reality for commanders this is cool.

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artrain September 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I loved OFP!

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RentAscout September 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm

In Iraq they made the best map holders for everyone who can actually navigate… just saying. You don't want to do a night run having your eyes adjusted to a 17" screen. FBCB2 works great for blue on blue id but simpler skills need to be first like understanding where you are on the map and referencing the computer to help you make a better decision. Enforce the map, it will never fail you. What happens if a major war broke out and we cant function tactically proficient because the computers broke or hacked.

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been durr September 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

They could simply add wireless and bluetooth into this, instead of the 25-foot cable, or have both. An internal camera and video. Dismount capabilities where you can communicate via the CPU thats on the vehicle to send/receive information and please make sure its light to carry around. Batteries (long lasting) that you can swap out without turning off the device (has internal battery other than the actual battery) and a battery charging dock mount thats on the vehicle to charge your extra batteries. Get rid of those thick ass power cords if possible ( i cant f—–g stand them). And lastly, a super dooper fast processor.

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Anonymous September 12, 2013 at 9:10 pm

If you knew the price tax payers shell out for these DRS systems per unit you would sh– yourself. If the acquisition process didn't take so long and the process so convoluted, you would have equipment hitting the battlefield with up-to-date technology. We also can put a large amount of blame on the Defense Contractor companies themselves for adding huge profit margins on some parts/equipment when they could simply put a small/medium profit margin when selling to the Government.

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DGR September 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

If its that easy why dont you start a company and sell to the government for no profit…..

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Tom September 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Funny how we can develop this nice technology, but we can't adopt a camo pattern that blends into more than just gravel, or pass a defense budget and have to shutdown the government.

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